This school is located in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is an example of typical Christian school projects sponsored by Glad Tidings India and our indigenous partner.
The school is in the largest district in the state of Tamil Nadu with a population of almost 3.5 million. Scheduled Castes and Schedule Tribes (outcasts) account for over 30% of the population.
The literacy rate in this district is approximately 63.5%.
41% of the families in the district live in abject poverty.
The ministry associated with this school was established in 1984 by missionary Betty Shelton, who was a good friend for many years with Bill and Dr. Joyce Scott, a co-founder of GTI’s indigenous partner and developer of the content of our literacy program.
24 fellowships have been planted by the ministry as a result of church planters trained by GTI’s indigenous partner.
In 1994, the local ministry partnered with GTI’s indigenous partner to conduct a Village Literacy Rehabilitation Project. Over 8 years, literacy classes were conducted for 2,400 adults in partnership with GTI’s indigenous partner who trained the teachers.
The local ministry established an outreach nursery and primary school in 1996 as a result of the demand by literacy graduates who felt their children needed an English Medium education.
Current Status of School
The local ministry’s nursery and primary school has been operating since 1996. Currently the school has 5 classrooms for grades kindergarten through 5th grade.
There are 10 teachers for the 250 students at the school.
The goal of this project is to build 5 additional classrooms, for grades 6 through 10. When complete the school will be achieve matriculation status.
The five classrooms will make it possible for 125 additional students to receive a quality Christian education at an English Medium school.
Since young girls are often objects of abuse, they will receive priority for admission to the school.
Many of the current and additional students are from the Scheduled Caste population.
Having the school go through 10th grade will enable these Scheduled Caste children to advance beyond primary school level, to develop their full potential, and become self-supporting citizens with dignity.